Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ukraine Trip Post #11--Day 8 (September 8, 2016), Part 2

(To see everything from my Ukraine trip, see here.)

Before leaving the mountains, we made one more stop in Kolodne.  When we had been there two days earlier, we were told of a woman named Nanika, whose husband had been a Jewish man named Avrum who had survived the war.  He eventually converted, changed his name to Ivan, and married Nanika.  Avrum/Ivan had died years earlier, but perhaps Nanika knew something about the Jewish community.
In Kolodne

Unfortunately, Nanika didn't want to speak to us.  She eventually did come out and told me that her husband's name had been Avrum Shlomovics who died 26 years ago.  She told me that she didn't remember how old he was or what his parents' names were.  (I have birth records for 3 possibilities--Abraham Leb Slyomovics born 1896, Abraham Chaim Slyomovics born 1905 and Abraham Slyomovics born 1910.)

So we headed back to Khust, where the pedestrian area was full of women selling various local goods.
Cheese, dried mushrooms, berries, and more for sale in Khust
There was also a wedding going on--apparently cars are allowed onto the pedestrian mall for weddings, with the wedding party escorting the bride and groom to and from the church--honking horns and hanging out car windows.
Escording the bride & groom (Hotel Prince on the left is where we stayed)
Hanging out the car windows in celebration
After eating lunch, we grabbed out suitcases and headed towards Mukachevo (Munkacs) from which we'd get a train.  As we had plenty of time to spare, we went to the local (huge) market, which was filled with local goods.
Dried mushrooms
The area hasn't been part of Hungary in nearly 100 years, but they still love their paprika!
Local produce
We then strolled around the town a bit.
Mukachevo City Center
We killed some time in the train station before finally leaving back to Lviv.  The first couple of hours were during daylight, so we got to enjoy the Carpathian scenery.
Somewhere in the Carpathians from the train
Carpathian haystacks are all this triangle shape
We got to Lviv late that evening, checked into the hotel, and went to sleep.  But the next day we got to see Lviv--including sites associated with an ancestor of mine.  Stay tuned!

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  1. I love all the photographs! Did you buy any of the market food? The cheese looked great to me.

    1. I did get some tomatoes. They were good--and were about 4 cents for 3 good-sized ones!

  2. Beautiful shots. It must have been bittersweet to leave the Carpathians behind.